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Emma Holmes with her farm mentor, John Wilcox, at UBC Farm Sept 2008

BC Ministry of Agriculture Welcomes New Organics Specialist

Susan Smith, P.Ag. Please take a moment to welcome Emma Holmes, our new Industry Specialist for Organics! She is based at the Agriculture Centre in beautiful Abbotsford, and while serving a temporary assignment for the Ministry of Agriculture as the New Entrant Agrologist, Emma successfully competed for the Organics Specialist position. Emma is an alumni… Keep Reading

Annual Clovers Suitable for Organic Production System

Saikat Kumar Basu Clover is the common English name for different species of plants belonging to the genus Trifolium comprising over 250+ species distributed across the planet. These are legume plants that belong to the plant family Leguminaceae (Fabaceae) indicating these are plants capable of successfully fixing atmospheric nitrogen. Clover is commonly used as a… Keep Reading

Ask an Expert: Farmland Advantage

Making Positive Change to Farmland Biodiversity in BC Susan Smith, Alsion Speirs, and Dave Zehnder Farmland Advantage is a research and development project that works with farmers to conserve and enhance critical natural values in British Columbia. These natural values are often referred to as ecosystem services, which are services of a natural environment that… Keep Reading

Ask an Expert: Pollinator Mix

An Important Solution for Conservation of Bees and Other Insect Pollinators Saikat Kumar Basu Insects such as bees (Order-Hymenoptera), some species of flies (Order-Dipetra) and beetles (Order-Coleoptera), moths and butterflies (Order-Lepidoptera), under the Class-Insecta and Phylum-Arthropoda constitute an important army of natural pollinators that help in the process of pollination in several important crops and… Keep Reading

Ask an Expert: Transforming Conflict on the Farm

Keeley Nixon Seeds ordered? Check. Planting calendar set? Check. Staff hired? Check. Conflict resolution preparedness in place? Wait, what?! Though it’s often overlooked in the sheer onslaught of too-much-to-do-not-enough-time of daily farm life, collaborative communication practice can be one of our strongest tools,.Think you’ve got this covered? Remember back to the hardest moments of last… Keep Reading

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Ask An Expert: Transitioning to Organic

Rochelle Eisen, B.Sc.(Agr), P.Ag We asked farmers transitioning to organic for burning questions they’ve been dying to ask. From paperwork to fence posts, standards junkie Rochelle Eisen has the answers they — and you — have been seeking! Q: How much detail does my record keeping require for the inspector (crop seeding, planting, rotations, dates,… Keep Reading

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Ask an Expert: Protecting BC Potatoes from Late Blight

Susan Smith P. Ag., Ministry of Agriculture Solanaceous crops such as potatoes and tomatoes are hosts to late blight, the most destructive disease of potatoes in British Columbia. The pathogen causing late blight, Phytophthora infestans, thrives and produces spores under humid or moist environmental conditions. It causes infection only when free water is present on… Keep Reading

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